Descriptive prose with some interesting but not fully completed characterizations in a jumbled but fast paced narrative. The novel was originally written in the 1959 and was set in the future but that future is unrecognizable today and the novel does not "age" very well. A fairly short novel so you won't be spending too much time on it if you choose to read it.
I know Updike is supposed to be great and whatnot, but I've never really gotten into him, so I'm reading through some of his books. This is his first novel and it feels very much like one: slim, unfocused, uncertain. Some have described it as an allegory, but I couldn't figure it out. His next book would be "Rabbit Run," which would put him on the map.
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